When Law & Order: Organized Crime returns with a new episode next week, the office dynamic will be a bit different.
That’s because Bill Brewster will be in charge of the Organized Crime Task Force. He received the promotion just as the first season two story arc of Law & Order: Organized Crime was ending.
So maybe that means we’ll see more of Guillermo Díaz, an actor with deep ties to the Law & Order franchise. After all, Diaz’s first acting role was on the original Law & Order back in 1994. He was 18 years old.
And now he’s the boss, albeit on a spinoff. Law & Order: Organized Crime showrunner Ilene Chaiken told TV Line that she anticipates Brewster being a bigger presence.
“We certainly hope so,” Chaiken said. “And it also opens the door for a new and even more challenging relationship with Stabler and Bell, now that he’s officially their boss. Their former boss was a somewhat crotchety, but actually warm, individual whom they both trusted. And it remains to be seen whether they can trust Brewster.”
The Law & Order: Organized Crime story arc also will change because Christopher Meloni’s Stabler is no longer working undercover. He looked himself in the mirror at the end of the last episode and shaved off his beard, shedding himself of Eddie Wagner. That was his identity as he investigated the Kosta organization from the inside.
Chaiken laughed at the topic of Stabler’s beard. “Well, let’s say it’s always been our intention, as the beard pretty much symbolized his undercover persona and his hiding from himself. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a discussion about it.”
Diaz’s Brewster has been in seven of this season’s eight episodes. If you’re a fan of Law & Order, you probably recognize his face. He’s played five different characters, on both sides of the law, in the Dick Wolf produced shows. In Law & Order: SVU, he twice played someone wrongfully imprisoned.
Before Law & Order: Organized Crime, Diaz’s Last Big Role Was on Scandal
Diaz’ last big TV role was on Scandal, when he played a very violent, but very conflicted killer named Huck. He officially worked on the crisis management team at the Olivia Pope agency. But too often, his way of dealing with a crisis was building a body count. That’s because he also was part of a black-ops program called B613, so he defaulted to his assassin training.
But on Law & Order: Organized Crime, he plays the guy in charge. Bell (Danielle Mone Truitt) also worked with Brewster in the narcotics division.
The next new episode is on Dec. 9. It should be a doozy, since it’ll be the second hour of a crossover with Law & Order: SVU.
We’ll see Dylan McDermott return in Law & Order: SVU as Richard Wheatley. The episode is appropriately called People Vs Richard Wheatley. That’s when the prosecution will try to make its case against Wheatley. He’s accused of killing Stabler’s wife, Kathy, with a car bomb. This incident launched the pilot of Law & Order: Organized Crime, April 1.
The Law & Order: Organized Crime episode acknowledges Christmas with a Stabler family crisis.